On August 1, 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, two hours after Hamas agreed to a cease-fire, terrorists ambushed three Israeli soldiers from a tunnel located in the basement of a house in Gaza. The terrorists killed two of the soldiers, and shot Hadar Goldin, a Lieutenant in the Givati Brigade (an elite combat unit of the IDF), dragging him into a tunnel in order to kidnap him.
Tragically, Hadar was the victim of the UN- and US-brokered cease-fire, which was cynically violated by Hamas.
Hamas continues to hold Hadar’s body, presumably as a bargaining chip to extract political or military concessions in future conflicts with Israel. Hamas is also holding the remains of Oron Shaul, another soldier who was killed in Operation Protective Edge.
Hadar was a remarkably gifted young man — a painter and graphic artist, a poet, and an inspiration to all who knew him.
The Goldin and Shaul families have experienced the unspeakable pain of not only losing a beloved son in war, but the additional agony of not being able to bury his body in their home towns where their sons were raised. These families have committed themselves to recovering the bodies of their sons and giving them the decent burial that they deserve in Israel.